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COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - APRIL 21: Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after an explosion hit St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade on April 21, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. At least 207 people have been killed and hundreds more injured after multiple explosions rocked three churches and three luxury hotels in and around Colombo as well as at Batticaloa in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday mass. According to reports, at least 400 people were injured and are undergoing treatment as the blasts took place at churches in Colombo city as well as neighboring towns and hotels, including the Shangri-La, Kingsbury and Cinnamon Grand, during the worst violence in Sri Lanka since the civil war ended a decade ago. Christians worldwide celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day on which Jesus Christ is believed to have risen from the dead. (Photo by Stringer/Getty Images)

By William Kilpatrick, Crisis Magazine, April 23, 2019

More than 290 are dead and 500 wounded in an Easter Sunday jihad massacre in Sri Lanka. The terrorists targeted three Catholic Churches and three luxury hotels frequented by foreigners. Government officials blame the attack on “religious extremists,” though no group has claimed responsibility.

The term “religious extremists” implies that the vast majority of Muslim would disapprove of what the extremists did. Yet, while the vast majority won’t resort to terror themselves, they highly honor those who do. Indeed, jihad martyrs are the most honored people in the Islamic world. In the West Bank, streets, squares, parks and schools are named in honor of jihad martyrs. Like the terrorists in Sri Lanka, the Palestinian “martyrs” are responsible for the murder of innocent men, women, and children. Still, they are considered heroes.

A pro-Western physician in Gaza explains it this way:

Martyrs are at the level of prophets. They are untouchable. I can denounce suicide bombings, which I have many times, but not the martyrs themselves, because they are like saints… I don’t believe in religion myself, but I cannot say that martyrs are wrong. If you do that, you will discredit yourself completely…..Read entire article: